Spring is in the air and that means it is time to get outside and enjoy the sunshine. It also means it is time to cool down with one of our favorite spring treats, Lemon Blueberry Ice Cream Floats. And the best part? You don’t have to go to an ice cream shop for these fancy ice cream floats, you can make them right at home.
To make the floats, we start by making homemade lemon ice cream. Lemon anything makes me happy, but especially lemon ice cream.
We love using our KitchenAid® Stand Mixer with the Ice Cream Maker Attachment to make our ice cream because it churns up smooth and creamy ice cream every time. It is also fun to watch. Caleb, our toddler, always begs to sit on the counter so he can see the ice cream going round and round. He also likes to lick the spatula. Smart boy!
When the ice cream is done churning, we put it in a container and pop it in the freezer so it can harden up.
While the ice cream is chilling in the freezer, I make a sweet blueberry syrup to pour into our floats.
We also make soda water with our KitchenAid® Sparkling Beverage Maker. I love that our Stand Mixer and Sparkling Beverage Maker are the same color. Yay for green!
Caleb also enjoys watching us make the soda water. He always yells, “bubbles!”
To assemble the floats, we get out our fancy soda glasses and add two scoops of lemon ice cream into each glass. Next, we pour in the blueberry syrup and finally the soda water. Pouring in the soda water is the fun part, the float will bubble up and maybe spill a little over the edge, but that is all part of the experience!
Garnish with fresh blueberries and mint, add a straw, and get sipping! The tart lemon ice cream is so good with the sweet blueberry fizzy soda.
These Lemon Blueberry Ice Cream Floats are a real treat and perfect for springtime. Enjoy!
Lemon Blueberry Ice Cream Floats
Makes 4 servings
For the lemon ice cream
3/4 cup granulated sugar
Zest of 2 lemons
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
2 cups heavy cream
Pinch of salt
For the blueberry syrup
1 1/2 cup blueberries
3/4 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 bottle KitchenAid® Sparkling Beverage Maker soda water
Blueberries, for garnish, if desired
Mint, for garnish, if desired
In a large bowl, combine sugar and lemon zest. Rub sugar and lemon zest together with your fingers until fragrant. Stir in the lemon juice, heavy cream, and salt. Whisk until smooth.
Cover the mixture and chill in the refrigerator for at least one hour, can be chilled overnight.
To churn the ice cream, use the KitchenAid® Ice Cream Maker Attachment. Assemble and engage freeze bowl, dasher, and drive assembly as directed in the attachment instructions. Turn to stir. Pour mixture into freeze bowl. Continue on Stir for 15-20 minutes or until desired consistency. Transfer ice cream to an airtight container and freeze until completely solid.
To make the blueberry syrup, combine blueberries, water, sugar, and fresh lemon juice in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat until sugar dissolves, about 3-5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Strain and place mixture in the refrigerator to chill.
Use the KitchenAid® Sparkling Beverage Maker and make one bottle of soda water, according to manufacturer’s instructions.
To assemble the floats, put two scoops of lemon ice cream in a tall float glass. Add 1/4 cup blueberry syrup to each glass. Pour soda water over the ice cream. Garnish with fresh blueberries and mint, if desired. Serve immediately.
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